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How to Prevent a Tire Blowout

A tire blowout is a sure way to ruin your day and make you have to waste valuable time and resources getting it fixed. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid tire blowouts, the most effective being to educate yourself on what causes a blowout so that you better know how to avoid one.

The most common cause of a tire blowout is underinflated tires. The solutions are simple: check your tires monthly to ensure that they're properly inflated. All tires don't have the same inflation rates, though, so you'll want to check your owner's manual, doorsill…

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Indications Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

Your brakes play an important role for you and your vehicle. If your brakes stop working or aren’t working properly, you and your family could be involved in a serious accident. Why not stop at Honda of Ames and let our technicians inspect your brakes and give you the assurance you need to know you’re safe.

Often, it’s hard to know your brakes might be in need of repair or replacement if you don’t know what signs to look for. Here are some indications your brake pedals may need to be repaired or replaced.

Even if…

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The Uses of a Dash Cam

Cameras are located in a lot of places. Many people are placing dash cams in their cars in ever growing numbers. The reason for this increase is due in part to the fact that there are many benefits to having a dash cam in your vehicle.

A dash cam is very useful if you are ever in an accident. Video footage will allow insurance adjusters and the police to see exactly what happened. This will also protect you in case someone tries to file a fraudulent insurance claim against you. Dash cams also have some fun aspects. A dash cam…

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Settle on the Perfect Floor Mats

Being knowledgeable about all aspects of your vehicle allows you to make informed decisions when upgrading your car's accessories. Often you can find upgrades that save time or are a more convenient alternative to features your car currently has.

While most vehicles have carpet floor mats as a standard feature, other alternatives do exist. For drivers who live in climates prone to mud or excessive snowfall, having a set of all-weather floor mats in their vehicle is a clear advantage over the carpeted alternative. Removing the floor mats and spraying them with a hose offers an easier...

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Powertrain vs. Bumper-to-Bumper Warranties

Have you ever noticed that dealers have different warranties? These warranties mean different things according to what the dealership wants to include. However, the powertrain warranty is the more straightforward of the two. The powertrain refers to the engine and transmission. These are two expensive parts of the car that must be covered by a warranty to avoid any costly repairs. You commonly see these types of warranties for used cars.

However, there are also bumper-to-bumper warranties that cover everything inside the car and between the bumpers, for the most part.

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Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive Compared

We appreciate educated car buyers, and we routinely offer information via this blog that help you make an informed purchase. Today, we explain the differences between the front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

In a front-wheel drive car, you find a setup that applies the engine's horsepower to the car's front wheels. Alternatively, a rear-wheel drive car offers a configuration that transmits the engine's force to the car's rear wheels. Due to these constructions, front-wheel drive transmissions pull cars, and their rear-wheel counterparts push cars.

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Getting Your Alignment Set Straight

Of all the things that you can do to ensure the safe operation of your car, the most important is to maintain your vehicle's steering components in top working order at all times. Unfortunately, as cars age, the components related to steering will inevitably wear out and eventually fail. Because catastrophic failure of steering parts can create extremely dangerous situations, it is imperative to stay on top of your car's steering maintenance.

One of the best ways to do that is to always heed warnings that things may need replacement. Anytime your car begins falling out of alignment…

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Keep Your Air Filters Clean in Ames

How do you make sure that the air that you are breathing inside your vehicle is air that is safe to breathe? How do you keep your lungs from getting irritated by the air that is entering your vehicle? You have a cabin air filter in place for a reason, and you need to keep that maintained.

You should have your air filter changed out every now and then so that it can keep the air in your vehicle clean and clear. You can refer to the owner's manual of your vehicle to figure out what a good schedule…

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LED Headlights Have Increased Life Spans

LED bulb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds over the last several years. While previously it was almost prohibitively expensive to manufacture LED bulbs bright enough to be used as headlights, today that is no longer the case with prices coming down significantly. LED headlights offer many advantages over traditional halogen bulbs, and here at Honda of Ames, we are eager to help you determine if LED headlights are right for you and your vehicle.

Probably the biggest advantage offered by LED's are their incredible lifespan. If they are damaged, they can be rated to last upwards...

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Be Aware of the Move Over Laws

It is inevitable that drivers will come across stopped emergency vehicles with their flashers on due to some type of accident on the road, but why is it important to move over a lane? Here are some reasons why it is important to obey move over laws:

  • Police Officer Safety: Since 1999 over 200 law enforcement officers have been struck by vehicles and killed while responding to accidents. (http://www.moveoveramerica.com/)
  • Worker Safety: In 2005 alone 390 workers were struck and killed by automobiles while working , accounting for 7% of occupational deaths. (http://www.moveoverlaws.com/)
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